Cootie Williams and His Orchestra 1941–1944

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Cootie Williams and His Orchestra 1941-1944
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Compilation album by Cootie Williams
Released 1995
Recorded May 7, 1941
April 1, 1942
January 4 & 6, 1944
August 22, 1944
Genre Jazz
Length 71:24
Label Classics (827)
Professional ratings
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Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Cootie Williams and His Orchestra 1941–1944 is a compilation album of recordings from 1941, 1942 and 1944 that jazz trumpeter Cootie Williams made with his orchestra and in smaller groups, released on Classics[2] in 1995. The 1942–44 musicians' strike explains the lack of sessions from 1943.

History[edit]

Two firsts about this record concerning Thelonious Monk: one, the April 1, 1942 Chicago session is the first recording of "Epistrophy" (called "Fly Right" here) which Monk wrote with Kenny Clarke earlier the same year; and two, the August 22, 1944 session is the first recording of Monk's "'Round Midnight". Cootie Williams is often given a co-credit on both songs.

The January 4, 1944 session marks the recording debut of Bud Powell, aged 20 (Williams was his legal guardian at the time in order to take Powell on the road with his orchestra[3]), while the January 6, 1944 session features two of Pearl Bailey's earliest recordings.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Cootie Williams, except where noted.

  1. "West End Blues" (King Oliver, Clarence Williams) – 3:08
  2. "Ain't Misbehavin'" (Fats Waller, Henry Brooks, Andy Razaf) – 2:38
  3. "Blues in My Condition" – 2:52
  4. "G-Men" – 2:41
  5. "Sleepy Valley" (unknown) – 2:54
  6. "Marcheta" (Victor Schertzinger) – 3:02
  7. "When My Baby Left Me" (Eddie Vinson, Williams) – 2:38
  8. "Fly Right" (aka "Epistrophy") (Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke) – 2:30
  9. "You Talk a Little Trash" – 2:59
  10. "Floogie Boo" (Vinson, Williams) – 2:36
  11. "I Don't Know" (Vinson, Williams) – 3:14
  12. "Do Some War Work, Baby" (aka "Gotta Do Some War Work") – 3:06
  13. "My Old Flame" (Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow) – 3:16
  14. "Sweet Lorraine" (Cliff Burwell, Mitchell Parish) – 3:06
  15. "Echoes of Harlem" (Duke Ellington) – 3:05
  16. "Honeysuckle Rose" (Waller, Razaf) – 3:06
  17. "Now I Know" (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) – 3:02
  18. "Tess's Torch Song" (aka "I Had a Man") (Arlen, Koehler) – 2:33
  19. "Cherry Red Blues" (Bob Haggart) – 3:08
  20. "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" (Mercer Ellington, Ted Persons) – 3:16
  21. "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby?" (Louis Jordan, Billy Austin) – 2:46
  22. "Somebody's Gotta Go" (Haggart) – 3:19
  23. "'Round Midnight" (Monk) – 3:18
  24. "Blue Garden Blues" (aka "Royal Garden Blues") (Spencer Williams, Clarence Williams) – 3:13

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

May 7, 1941, New York. Tracks 1-4.

April 1, 1942, Chicago. Tracks 5-8.

January 4, 1944, New York. Tracks 9-12. January 6, 1944, New York. Tracks 13-16.

January 6, 1944, New York. Tracks 17-20.

August 22, 1944, New York. Tracks 21-24.

  • Cootie Williams – trumpet
  • Ermit V. Perry – trumpet
  • George Treadwell – trumpet
  • Lammar Wright – trumpet
  • Tommy Stevenson – trumpet
  • Ed Burke – trombone
  • Ed Glover – trombone
  • Robert Horton – trombone
  • Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson – alto sax, vocals (tracks 21-22)
  • Frank Powell – alto sax
  • Sam "The Man" Taylor – tenor sax
  • Lee Pope – tenor sax
  • Eddie de Verteuil – baritone sax
  • Bud Powell – piano
  • Leroy Kirkland – guitar
  • Carl Pruitt – bass
  • Sylvester "Vess" Payne – drums

Production[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Classics 827
  3. ^ Kelley, Robin (2010-11-02). Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781439190463.